Today is the 76th anniversary of the raising of the flag at the Battle of Iwo Jima in World War II. The battle started on Feb. 19, 1945 as the U.S. Marines and Navy sought to capture the island of Iwo Jima, Japan and the two air fields for the Allied Forces to use in the war that would be over in the next seven months.
In 2014, a WWII Army veteran from Maine named Richard Perkins passed away. Perkins was a radio operator at Fort Shafter in Honolulu, and he took hundreds of pictures during his service days. After he passed, his children found the photos which include Army, Navy and Marine veterans and other people who lived in and around Fort Shafter.
For more details on how Perkins's children need Mississippians' help, check out the Feb. 23 issue of the SDN.